From May 4th to June 8th, the Red Bull Tour Bus will make its way from coast-to-coast, transforming into a self-contained stage to bring some of Canada's most celebrated bands to their hometowns for free, outdoor shows. Check out the full schedule below:
THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS
Kicking off the Red Bull Tour Bus Hometown Tour, The New Pornographers will hit the stage for the first LIVE concert on Saturday, May 4th, located at the parking lot at Georgia Street and Cambie Street at 3:00 p.m. PST.
The New Pornographers formed in 1997, almost immediately recorded the classic "Letter From An Occupant," and it was on. Their four full-lengths (as well as numerous solo ventures from A.C. Newman, Neko Case, Dan Bejar, Todd Fancey, Kathryn Calder, and not to mention the numerous films directed by Blaine Thurier) received wild critical and public acclaim, and they continue to enjoy bigger (and taller and smarter) audiences.
SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT AND CADENCE WEAPON
Edmonton’s dance punk/electro band Shout Out Out Out Out and Canadian rapper – born and raised in Edmonton – Cadence Weapon will be playing their hometown on Friday, May 17th at Sir Winston Churchill Square at 7:00 p.m.
Shout Out Out Out Out was formed in the summer of 2004. They released their first album, Not Saying / Just Saying in 2006, and it was well received beyond their expectations, earning them a nomination for a Juno Award, and raising their profile in Canada significantly. Their new album, Spanish Moss and Total Loss, was recorded over the course of 3 months in their hometown and it marks a departure from their previous material, or rather a natural progression.
Cadence Weapon continues to firmly establish his legacy as a sonic pioneer while constantly pushing the rap and electronic music envelope. Following his critically acclaimed, Polaris Music Prize nominated albums Breaking Kayfabe and Afterparty Babies and a two year term as Edmonton’s Poet Laureate, he returns with his new album Hope In Dirt City this Spring. A clearly defined and emotionally mature statement of intent, Hope In Dirt City represents the culmination of these experiences.
Saskatoon’s rock band the Sheepdogs will be live on the Red Bull Tour Bus on Monday, May 20th at Broadway and 10th St. at 5:00 p.m.
While most rock bands are all too focused on the riff, the Sheepdogs remember the importance of those other elements that make for great rock music: melody, harmony and groove. To see them live is pure rock and roll jubilation, to revel in the splendor created by 3 part vocal harmonies and heavy hitting dual guitar leads. Their latest album, Learn & Burn, is a beautiful blend of power and imagination, ranging from ferocious rockers to southern boogie and grooving psychedelia. The Sheepdogs are an old-school rock and roll revival.
TOKYO POLICE CLUB
Indie rock band Tokyo Police Club will be playing live on Sunday, June 2nd at Toronto’s Sugar Beach at 3:00 p.m.
Tokyo Police Club took its first baby steps toward finding their own voice as a band with its formation in 2005. The band was off and running the following year, releasing the debut EP A Lesson In Crime to instant and universal acclaim. One more EP (Smith), a digital-only single (“Your English Is Good”) and a few world tours later, Tokyo Police Club’s first full length album, Elephant Shell was released in April 2008. Elephant Shell’s release was preceded by multiple sold out shows in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Toronto, and followed by appearances on The Late Show With David Letterman, The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson and, bizarrely enough, Desperate Housewives. Critical response to the full length was even more enthusiastic and diverse, with the likes of GQ (“Strokes-caliber catchiness”), Elle (“a smart, furiously played sugar-rush debut”), Rolling Stone (“poised to become the biggest Canadian export since Molson”) and more giving thumbs up.
Canadian signer and songwriter Matt Mays will hit the stage on Saturday, June 8th at the Waterfront Warehouse Lot at 7:00 p.m.
Matt Mays is on a quest to find and create the music he hears in his head. When he stays still the sound drifts farther away: "when the vibrations stop,” he says, “it’s time to move on." A few years back, Matt left to embark on a journey into open space. To live in the midst of a world where anything could happen. A crusade into the sound, traversing the vast musical divide that he calls home. Mexico, California, Indonesia, Hawaii, Costa Rica, New York. Wherever. He used surfing, yoga, and a ukulele as tools to bring him closer to the melodies and words different places and experiences inspired. Eventually, the sound was found. As soon as he stepped off the plane in Halifax he started work an album he called Coyote: a proper home for all his experiences. He’s won numerous ECMAs and been nominated for four JUNO Awards. He’s toured Canada, the USA, and the UK.
The first of its kind in Canada, Red Bull Tourbus transforms into a complete sound stage. The bus itself is comprised of three separate parts: 1967 GM transit bus (front end only), 1974 Silver Eagle (rear ¾ of bus), and sits on a 2012 Freightliner Chassis. Taking nine months to build, the bus converts into a concert stage fully equipped with a sound system featuring over 120,000 watt concert audio. To create the stage, the side of the bus was modified with a hydraulic lift system to raise the roof 35-feet above the ground and extend a stage floor of 17-feet wide by 15.5-feet deep.
Once deployed, the bus features a 9 x 12-foot green room in the rear featuring two leather couches, two 37-inch flat screens, and a combination of hardwood floors and red LED back lighting. In less than 25 minutes, the bus transforms from a typical 45-foot-long bus to a full out custom rock stage.